Earthy creations at Mercury Bay Library

27 Apr 2021

There was an abundance of creativity at the Mercury Bay Library during the first week of an Earth Day-inspired school holiday activity programme.

It was all about the great outdoors with handmade birdfeeders and seed bombs on the menu at two busy and highly productive sessions.

“Charlotte Allen showed innovative thinking and decorating skills to make and outstanding bird feeder from a recycled milk bottle on Thursday last week,” said librarian, Christine Towgood. “The birds can be fed on bird seed and peanut butter, but they can also enjoy a swing before or after eating, and they could also make use of the top storey eating platform too.”

Other children made birdseed feeders from other recycled materials, including pine cones, drink cartons and ice cream sticks.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday last week, 19 participants relished getting their hands dirty making their own seed bombs. After pulverizing the clay, mixing it with water and potting mix with wild flower seeds, the children pushed the mix into moulds and then took their seed bombs home to dry and then scatter around the garden.

The holiday activity programme continues at the Thames-Coromandel District Council libraries in Mercury Bay, Tairua and Thames on Tuesday and Thursday this week with Bug Motels and Recycled Art. Bookings are essential.

Pictured: Charlotte Allens' with her bird feeder creation made from a recycled milk bottle.